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W. Greg Nelson ('61 DVM) - March 21, 2021
Willard Gregory “Greg” Nelson, 83, of Kuna passed away due to heart failure at his home, in the arms of his daughter, Sunday, March 21, 2021. He decided on that bright sunny second day of Spring that he wanted to take his spirit to magical places where he could feel warm breezes, feel the surf lapping at his feet, and be reunited with his mother, father, and sister who will be there with him on his journey. Like almost everything in his life, he passed on his own terms.
Greg was born in Lewiston, Idaho on November 21, 1937, but spent most of his growing-up years in Montana with his mother, Eva Mae (Boyer) Nelson, and father, Donald William Nelson, along with his sisters, Shirley and Dawna.
After settling in Kuna following his discharge from the US Army, on April 3, 1965 he married Mary Ann Eklund. From that union he was blessed with a daughter, Elizabeth Ann, and a son, John Gregory. While his professional career took him away from home a lot, he was a very dedicated father and family man.
It has been said: “Fathers are God’s favorite people. He gives them children to love as only a father can love. Then He gives special blessings because He knows how hard being a father can be.”
When Greg moved to Kuna, Idaho he found the community where he belonged. He made many life-long friends and became a proud and involved Kaveman! He and his friend Don Young established the Kuna Youth Baseball program, creating decades of enjoyment for the whole community. Always a fan, he watched his own kids and grandson play, rarely missing a game.
He and his family had great adventures, enjoying all Idaho has to offer her residents. We enjoyed scenic drives, hunting for rocks, and picnics. Thankfully, only one outing included a S-N-A-K-E! He was very creative with a special flair for storytelling (some more factual than others), as well as drawing and painting. He was a very good cook, messy but he made tasty things! He was an excellent writer. His handwriting was challenging but the content was good. If provoked, he could produce a poison pen letter with a lot of sting.
Gardening was a life-long passion! He had contests with his friends to see who could grow the biggest watermelon and cantaloupe. Summer was dedicated to growing, weeding, picking, and preserving nearly every fruit and vegetable available! His children learned that picking tomato worms is a worthy form of punishment.
Greg wasn’t a pushover. He had high expectations for his kids and for himself! He demanded that we were respectful, displayed good manners and would always do our best. Few things were worse than the look on his face if he was angry or disappointed. He was also insightful and wise, the loving patriarch from whom we sought counsel. He had the best laugh!
The joy of fatherhood was only surpassed by being a grandpa and a great-grandpa. He and his grandson, Andrew, had a special bond, one created by time and proximity. They were best friends! Time spent with his granddaughters was cherished in a deep and meaningful way.
Education was a highly regarded value in his family. Being raised by overachieving parents, it was a given that Greg would go to college and become a doctor. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pre-medicine from Montana State University in 1959, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1961. He was licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
Upon graduation from vet school Greg enlisted in the United States Army Veterinary Corp as a 1st Lieutenant and was promoted to Captain after his time in Viet Nam. He was sent there as an advisor to establish a sentry dog training program for the Viet Nam Army. Following his return to the States, he was the veterinarian in charge at Fort Meyer, Virginia. He was responsible for the health and well-being of the Army’s ceremonial horses. Among those horses was Jacqueline Kennedy’s horse, Sadar, a gift from the president of Pakistan and Carolyn Kennedy’s pony, Macaroni.
Later on, Greg joined the Idaho National Guard, serving as a lieutenant colonel from 1979 to 1988 as a colonel from 1988 to 1997. A Legion of Merit recipient from the Idaho National Guard, Greg was promoted to the rank of a brigadier general upon his retirement from the Idaho Army National Guard in 1997.
Greg was currently retired after an incredible career, both as a veterinarian and a public servant. He had served as the director of public affairs for the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation. He worked as the director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture in Boise, Idaho, and was the state veterinarian for the Idaho Division of Animal Industries. Earlier in his career, he held the position of the chief of the Idaho Bureau of Animal Health, having progressed from the role of the assistant chief. Greg began his career as a private practice veterinarian in Kuna, Idaho from 1963 to 1966.
In order to remain aware of developments in his field, Greg maintained affiliations with numerous professional organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Animal Health Association, the Western States Livestock Association, and the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association. He was the Idaho Veterinarian of the Year in 1989 and was recognized for his achievements with an Outstanding Service award from Washington State University in 2001. In 2019 Greg was designated with the distinguished Executive Spotlight Award from Marquis Who’s Who Vol. II, (2019).
Outside of his professional path, Greg was a dedicated civil servant. He served the city of Kuna as a councilman from 1964 to 1968 and as the mayor from 1984 to 2004 then again from 2011 until 2015. He was a past Kuna School Board member, and held memberships in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Kuna Historical society, and was a charter member of the Kuna Lions Club, just to name a few organizations.
Like his father, Greg had always wanted to own a restaurant. After he “retired” he spent many months and an immense amount of energy trying to figure out a plan, he decided to go for it. The Creekside Restaurant and Bar was the fruition of that dream.
Greg is survived by his daughter, Liz Nelson and her son Andrew; his son John Nelson and his daughters, Brianna and Elizabeth; his great-grandchildren, Asilus and Elora; his sister and brother-in-law; Dawna & Dave Sanford; two nieces and one nephew along with their children; many cousins; and his former spouse, Ann Nelson.
We will all miss him at our family gatherings as he was the glue that helped keep us all together. He will be cherished for his laughter, his stories, his values and moral ethics, his understanding, his intelligence, but most of all his love.
Rodney Flint Taylor ('66 DVM) - February 27, 2021
Rodney Flint Taylor, DVM [(Flint); (Washington State ’66)] passed away on his favorite ski run, Kachina, at Taos Ski Valley, Taos, New Mexico, on Saturday, February 27, 2021. He was 80.
He was born on June 27, 1940 in Bozeman, Montana, to Park Taylor and Susie Magdelene (Booher) Taylor.
Dr. Taylor spent his youth on the 320 Ranch, a Montana guest ranch in the Gallatin canyon managed by his parents. It was there he learned the finer points of packing horses and mules; hunting elk and deer; and fly fishing the mountain streams. His parents divorced when he was 10 and he moved to Bozeman with his mother.
After graduating high school, Flint attended Montana State University from 1957 to 1962 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine. He was a member and President of the Sigma Chi fraternity chapter. He was on the MSU ski team and was considered for the Olympic ski team. On the advice of his brother Clark, he instead went into the study of veterinary medicine. He attended Washington State University from 1962-1966, where he earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In 1965 while at WSU he joined the United States Army. On graduation from WSU, he served in Vietnam and was stationed there during the late 1960s. His service in Vietnam left its mark on him for the rest of his life. He was the recipient of a Bronze Star.
In 1969, following his military tour, he joined the Kamloops Veterinary Clinic, a mixed-animal practice in Kamloops, BC, where he worked as an associate veterinarian until 1972. His “yearning for learning” found Dr. Taylor back at WSU from 1972 to 1974, where he earned a Master of Science in veterinary pathology and immunopathology. Then, from 1974 to 1975, he completed a residency program in veterinary pathology at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Taylor then launched into his career as a veterinary pathologist. From 1975 to 1978, he worked at a provincial veterinary laboratory in Abbotsford, BC, where he served as Senior Veterinary Pathologist. Then, from 1978 to 1985, Dr. Taylor served in “dual roles” at Michigan State University - as an Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathology and as Senior Veterinary Pathologist with the MSU Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory.
In 1985, Dr. Taylor “switched gears”, when he accepted a position with Hoechst Roussel Agri-Vet Company, where he served as senior research scientist and senior professional services veterinarian from 1985 to 1999. While still with Hoechst Roussel, he relocated to New Mexico, where he served as technical services veterinarian until 1999. Then, he “struck out on his own”, establishing Taylor Veterinary Consulting Service, where he served as a veterinary consultant for animal health companies, cattle feed yards, and cow-calf operations throughout the western U.S. and Mexico from 1999 to 2002.
More recently, Dr. Taylor served as the Division Director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture-Veterinary Diagnostic Services from 2002-2011. He oversaw the move of that entity to its new location and facility, and in 2011 he “semi-retired”, stepping down as the director and continuing as a part-time veterinary pathologist until 2015. Flint was not interested in going gently into retirement. To that end, he concluded his professional career serving as a relief veterinarian in private practices in New Mexico, and finally, as a test barn veterinarian for the New Mexico Racing Commission (horse racing).
Dr. Taylor was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association; the Academy of Veterinary Consultants; and the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association. In 2010, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Taylor authored or co-authored numerous professional articles or chapters in varied publications, including in the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Annual Proceedings; the Equine Veterinary Journal; the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science; the Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian; and the Proceedings of the Third International Symposium of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.
Flint married Rosemary Holly Kathrein in 2002, at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. Flint and Holly were each other’s best friend and truly enjoyed their life together near Edgewood, NM.
Flint was especially proud of his heritage; his family; his veterinary profession; his hunting and fly-fishing prowess; his uncanny ability to memorize and ramble off thousands of jokes; his Montana roots; and especially for his sobriety. His favorite pastimes included downhill skiing anywhere; fly-fishing on the upper Gallatin river and its tributaries; hunting deer, elk, and antelope with “the Taylor clan”; and serving as “tour guide” for friends and family in his New Mexico “backyard”. He loved his many friends and his friends from veterinary school always had a special place in his heart.
Flint was preceded in death by his parents, Park and Susie Taylor; his stepmother Ethel Taylor; his brother James Clark Taylor, his brother Douglas Park Taylor, and his sister Kay Georgene Taylor. He is survived by his wife, R. Holly Taylor of Edgewood, NM; his sister, Anne Kay Taylor (Richard) of Auburn, WA; his brother, James Park Taylor (Barbara) of Missoula, MT; his daughter Tanya Marie Comerford (Tom) of Seattle, WA; his son Dylan Flint Taylor of Bellingham, WA; his grandson Jacob VonLintel of Fort Collins CO; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. His nephew Thomas Flint Taylor Linfield, DVM (Ruth), of Helena, MT (Colorado State ’83) and niece Jocelyn Marie Whitworth, DVM (Ben) of Colorado Springs, CO (Cornell ’13) followed in his footsteps in the veterinary profession.
Michael A. Stedham ('59 DVM) - January 28, 2021
After a long, active, and rich life, Michael A. Stedham passed away peacefully, Jan. 28, 2021, at home with his family. He was born in Chehalis, Wash., in the old St. Helen’s Hospital, Nov. 9, 1935, to Virginia Pinney Stedham and John Isaac Stedham. Mike and his sisters, Virginia and MaryAnn, had a lot of fun and stories to tell of growing up on Kennicott Road on a small farm. He was very involved in FFA.
Mike attended Cascade, R.E. Bennett and W.F. West schools, and remembered sheltering in the boys bathroom in R.E. Bennett during the earthquake of 1949. He graduated in 1953, class of 89, who stayed very close through the years. He attended Washington State University and graduated in 1959, as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a member of Alpha Gamma Rho. He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture for 10 months and then joined the United States Army Veterinary Corp in 1960. In 1961, the United States Army sent him to La Rochelle, France, to the 73rd Medical Detachment, where he worked in Veterinary Food Inspection. He took advantage of the chance to travel and explored Europe including ordering and picking up a Porche from the factory! He had many adventures, including the running of the bulls in Pamplona and exploring towns and cathedrals with his buddies. In 1964, now Captain Michel Stedham, was sent by the Army to Kansas State University to get his Masters in Public Health Service, Parasitology and Pathology. In 1968, now Dr. of Veterinary Medicine and Pathology he was promoted to Major and his next assignment was Fitzsimmons General Hospital, Denver, Colo., working at the Medical Research and Nutrition Laboratory.
Keeping up his frugal ways, he bought a small house and rented rooms to other GI’s to pay the mortgage. He made life long friends with these roomies. Colorado was also were he learned to ski, enjoying it so much that he bought a three bedroom apartment at the bottom of the “Little Nell” ski run in the center of Aspen. In 1970, he was posted to Vietnam with the Ninth Medical Lab in Long Binh where he got to use his education in Parasitology (Guard Dogs). In 1971, the Army sent him to the U.S. Army Biological Defense Research Center, Ft. Detrick, Md., and the next year in 1972, he was assigned to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Army Base, in Washington D.C., the very center of research in the Army and by 1974, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
By 1979, he had met and married his wife, Anne who was from England. Their children, Elizabeth and Victoria were born in Bethesda Naval Hospital. He retired from the Army and joined a small up and coming firm Pathology Associates as one of the share holders and Chief Pathologist. Due to his work ethic and sterling reputation, he helped to make them very successful and they were eventually bought out by Charles River Laboratories. Small town boy makes good.
In an amazing cross country trip, Anne and Mike moved back to Chehalis in 1995. Mike drove the truck pulling the pop-up camper. Elizabeth was his side kick and Angel the Poodle, Max the Collie, Princess the Shepard mix and OJ the Corgi, as well as two parakeets in a cage, were their cargo. Anne followed close behind in the Geo Prism with Victoria and four cats. They became the center of attention every time they stopped at a campsite and unloaded and walked their menagerie. This was the first and last camping trip Mike ever wanted to go on, though he loved telling stories about it.
Once they had built their dream house and Mike had fully retired from reading slides, he joined his brother-in-law, John Kostick in the Chehalis Lions. He also became a Master Gardener. He loved it, was Trainee of the Year 1996, and Master Gardener of the Year in 2013. He took on the project of researching and planting an “Heirloom Garden” of vegetables to match the age of the Borst House they were next to. He became very enthused, reading voraciously, collecting and trialing seeds, giving talks to groups large and small. He and his two buddies, Ed Schroder and Gayland Wilmovsky made a happy and educational place for volunteers to get their hours. Even after he retired from MG’s due to physical limitations, he still wrote articles for their newsletter “Real Dirt” and gave talks to garden clubs. The large vegetable garden at home continued with the help of his wonderful garden helper and handyman Joel Denton.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia Pinney Stedham and John Isaac Stedham; his brother, John (Red) Stedham; sister, Virginia Borgen; brothers-in-law, Don Borgen and John Kostick; and nephews, John Stedham, Steve Stedham, Ross Stedham, and Doug Borgen.
He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife, Anne Stedham; daughters, Elizabeth Stedham and Victoria Stedham; daughter-in-law, Sarah Haenke; sister, MaryAnn Kostick; nephews and nieces, Karen Parks, Sandy Grady, Alan Borgen, Cindy Kinney, and Ben Kostick; cousins, Sam and Tom Woods, Ray and Dale Pinney, and Susan Schmoll; plus numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and other family members. Also Bethany, Ben, Jasmine and Jerry Butcher; as well as Abby and Murphy, who loved Mike very much and miss his lap.
On Saturday, Jan. 20, 2021, between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., a viewing will be held at Sticklin Funeral Home. A potluck gathering (his favorite kind) to share memories of Mike and all the jokes we can remember, will be held in the COVID-19 safe times ahead, in the garden he loved.
Published on February 12, 2021.
The Daily Chronicle
Joseph Damase Bergevin ('60 DVM) - October 12, 2020
Dr. Joseph D Bergevin DVM passed away October 12, 2020, in Shoreline Washington.
"Dr. B" as he was affectionately known, was a real-life modern-day cowboy. Growing up in Walla Walla Washington he learned to ride and rope at a very young age. He was a successful equine veterinarian and lauded innovative surgeon. He will be remembered by many as a hard-working lover of people, horses, rodeo, and vet medicine. Many might struggle to imagine having a conversation with or around Joe without a horse figuring into it somewhere. He loved his work and was an innovator in the field of equine abdominal and arthroscopic surgery. He was known for inventing various instruments and devices to support his pioneering work. He was an icon amongst his peers and colleagues and beloved by many and will be missed beyond measure.
Son of Damase and Margaret brother to Elaine, Tom, and Tricia, and father to his six sons James, Jesse, Jon, Joseph, Jacob, and Jeremy Bergevin. He leaves a legacy of seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren to date.
Doctor Bergevin died quietly in his sleep from natural causes.
Joseph will be laid to rest at Mountain View cemetery by his close family on Saturday, November 7, 2020, in his hometown of Walla Walla, Washington.
His family would be honored to have guests visit his online guest book at: https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/JosephDamaseBergevinDVM
Published on October 17, 2020
Mark R. Howlett ('98 DVM) - August 29, 2020
Dr. Mark R Howlett DVM, 46, of Caldwell, Idaho passed away August 29, 2020 at a Boise hospital of a brain aneurysm. Mark was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, (Go Packers) but grew up in Spokane, Washington.
He was a 1992 graduate of Shadle Park High School. In 1998, Mark graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine through the Veterinary Honors Program from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University (Go Cougs).
As a student, he earned numerous awards including both the large and small animal surgery scholarships given to the student(s) most proficient in each of those fields. He also co-authored various journal articles relating to new surgical techniques in veterinary medicine. He worked as an associate at private clinics in Arizona and Idaho and then as the owner of Gem Veterinary Clinic where he was committed to high standards of care and progressive medicine for the community of Emmett and the people of Gem County. During his 20 plus years in the field of veterinary medicine, he worked closely with various non-profit animal shelters donating hours of his time and knowledge helping cats and dogs live healthy lives while finding them a forever home. At work, Mark enjoyed spending time with clients and educating them on various conditions and treatment options. He also served as the 2017 president of the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association.
In his free time, Mark liked anything outdoors, whether hunting with his bird dog Emmi, playing with his 3 legged cat Leo, fly fishing a remote stream, calling in bulls during the elk rut, or landscaping his yard at home or at the clinic. He enjoyed walking his dogs on the Five Mile prairie with his mom. He loved watching his daughter Anna do gymnastics, dance, and play her violin, helping his son Joseph practice for youth sports, and spending time with his wife Cathy.
In addition to his wife Cathy, daughter Anna Catherine, and son Joseph Francis, he is survived by his mother, Kathleen (Ziebarth) Howlett; three brothers, John and his wife Ali and their children, Emma and Elizabeth, Andrew and his wife Liz and their children, Jack and Cooper, and Charles and his wife Leanne and their daughter, Elsie; a sister, Melissa and her husband Jim Teichman and their children, Lucy and Charlie; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father John. Mark gave the gift of life to others through organ donation.
A memorial service was held at 10:00 am on Monday, September 7, 2020, at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. The service can be watched by going to potterchapel.com and opening his obituary page.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mark R. Howlett Memorial Scholarship Fund at Gem Veterinary Clinic, 703 S. Washington Avenue, Emmett, Idaho 83617. Potter Funeral Chapel, Emmett, ID
Published in Spokesman-Review on Sep. 13, 2020.
Dallas Horton ('66 DVM) - September 29, 2020
Dallas Horton, 81, well known cattle feeder and veterinarian, passed away at his home on September 29, 2020 after a year-long battle with cancer. Dallas was born December 20, 1938 in Sheridan, WY, to Dallas and Wilma (Solberg) Horton and spent his early years on ranches in the Broadus, Montana area where he learned to tend to cattle and sheep while still in grade school. He attended schools in Broadus from elementary through high school.
After rough necking in the oil field during the winter of 1957 Dallas enlisted in the Army. Being resourceful, Dallas won enough money playing cards to pay for flying lessons while stationed in Oklahoma – he held the longtime ambition from watching his Uncle Bud Horton drop supplies to Dallas’s family in the winter of 1949.
On leave from the Army, Dallas discovered his passion in life – veterinary medicine, while attending a local rancher’s meeting with his father. After the Army, he attended Montana State University and earned his DVM from the Veterinary School at Washington State University. After graduation, Dallas and his first wife, Shirley, headed to Canada where their son, Troy, was born.
In 1966 Dallas was given an internship at Colorado State University and the family moved to Colorado. It was this move that shaped the balance of his career. After 7 years at CSU working in the Vet School, teaching courses, earning a Master’s Degree in Animal Nutrition and the birth of two more sons, Trent and Travis, Dallas launched his dream of his own business of feeding cattle, veterinary consulting for the cattle industry, researching feed additives and medicines for cattle, and improving the overall performance of cattle production through nutrition and genetic improvement. Thus, Horton Feedlots and Research Center was established in Wellington, CO in 1978. From there Dallas expanded the Horton feeding operation to the Greeley area. Trent and Travis still operate the feedlots today.
Dallas’s love of the cattle industry and people led him into many amazing partnerships and adventures from feeding cattle for Japan, sending breeding stock to the Ukraine, working with embryo transfer techniques to improve genetics, to building profitable composite bulls to enhance feedlot performance - just to name a few. Dallas’s vision was always toward the future and improving the cattle industry.
Dallas married Mary Shaffer on May 22, 1993 and they enjoyed 27 years of love, life, and adventure together until his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents and leaves his loving wife, Mary, his three sons, Troy, Trent (Kristin) & Travis (Kim), stepson John Shaffer, 5 Grandchildren, Dustin, Blake, Bryn, Nathan & Nicholas, along with his sister, Rosanna Horton and his Aunt Kathryn McCandless of Richland, WA.
A memorial service will be Monday, October 12th, 2020, 3pm, at Rick Montera’s Roping Barn. 34059 CR 33, Greeley, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice in care of Mark’s Funeral Home.
Published in Drovers on October 4, 2020.
Brian Douglas Hunter ('79 DVM) - August 19, 2020
On August 19, 2020, Dr. Brian Hunter was released from his battle with kidney cancer at the age of 66. He passed away at home, having spent his last months in the care of his family. He leaves behind his wife, Gail; two children, Mikayla and Kyle Hunter; and his sister Dianne Hunter (John Hurst). Dr. Hunter grew up in Spokane and devoted 40 years of his life to practicing veterinary medicine. He took over the Hunter Veterinary Clinic from his father, Dr. Fritz Hunter, who built the clinic with his wife Patricia in 1953. He was the president of the Inland Empire Veterinary Medical Association for 27 years, and was honored as "Veterinarian of the Year" by the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association in 2008, in recognition of his contributions to the field. In addition, he was given many awards for running the best veterinary clinic in Spokane. His practice focused on small animal medicine, and he also treated the large cats at Cat Tales Endangered Species Conservation Park. Though he retired last year, Dr. Hunter continued to serve as president of the board of the Spokane Pet Emergency Clinic, even conducting video conferences from his hospice bed. Dr. Hunter was passionate about education and community service. He organized continuing education events for veterinarians and developed a bite prevention program to teach children safety around pets. During his college years he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a longstanding member and Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary Club 21 of Spokane and served on its International Service committee. An avid fisherman, Brian enjoyed spending summers fishing with his son in Alaska and in the lakes around Idaho and Eastern Washington. He had a wonderful sense of dry humor. In 2019, he and his wife moved to the Puget Sound area to begin their retirement. Gail and Brian grew up together; their parents had been best friends since kindergarten and their families shared Thanksgivings and other family gatherings. They were married for 35 years. In accordance with his wishes, his family will not be holding a memorial service. Dr. Hunter was an alumnus of Washington State University and remained a life-long Coug fan. The family asks that any memorial donations be sent to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, to help the next generation of veterinarians.
Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 30, 2020.
Michael Gary Mason ('68 DVM) - July 21, 2019
Mike was born in Bremerton, Washington July 6, 1935 and died from complications of an infection on July 21, 2019 in Auburn, WA at age 84. He grew up in Seattle graduating from Cleveland High School in 1953. He attended Washington State College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1958. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and met his future wife at WSU. He returned to Washington State University graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1968. He was still a passionate Cougar football fan and season ticket holder.
He served in the US Air Force 1958 to 1963. During his honorable military career, he earned his wings as a jet pilot and later served as a courier during the "Cold War", stationed in Istanbul Turkey. One of the many special assignments from Europe to the Pentagon, he and a fellow officer received a "Commendation" from President John Kennedy for outstanding work. A summer job at Renton's Longacres Race Track, led to a career in the Thorough-bred Racing world. After leaving WSU he returned to the Renton oval as a practicing veterinarian until the racing industry moved to Emerald Downs in Auburn and him with it. He was honored in 2013 with the White Horse Award from the Race Track Chaplainry.
Mike always had an active sense of humor and a quick wit. He enjoyed a puff on a good cigar, but was quick to tell you that he didn't inhale. He was also a Life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited.
He is survived by his wife Joan, of 62 years, and son Michael Ryan Mason, grandsons, Mackenzie and Reid Mason, nieces and nephews and many cherished friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Patrick and LouEtta Mason, his brother Terry and nephew Devin Mason.
A Celebration of Life memorial will be held August 10th at Emerald Downs Race Track 12:30-2:30pm in the Emerald Room.
Remembrances are suggested to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Pulman WA 99164, or a local charity of your choice.
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 4, 2019.
Richard Dean Reid ('53 DVM) - April 7, 2020
If you’ve ever felt compelled to forfeit your sleep in order to deliver a calf at 2:00 a.m., or set a cat’s broken leg hours after a full day of work, or perhaps, console a grieving family after the passing of their family dog, then you’d know more about Dr. Richard Reid.
After trading their house for a new car (during the Great Depression in 1934) in Irene, South Dakota, Dr. Dick’s parents moved their three young sons out to the Willamette Valley to set up their new lives in Albany. Dick and his two brothers, Bob and Roger, attended school at Central Elementary and Albany High School (when they weren’t out doing constructive things like making faces at girls and throwing rocks at stuff).
As a kid, Dick went on many farm calls with his dad. He met many farmers but only one farmer’s daughter, Jeannette Reiley from Crabtree. After dating in high school and college, they were married in 1948 and their love affair never ended. Richard attended Willamette University and Washington State University where he earned his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine in 1953. He began his veterinary practice with his dad and brother shortly thereafter.
Although their practice ran on a 24-hr schedule (that came with a standard zero to three hours of sleep for the on-call vet), Dick found enough time to immerse himself in community service. He simply loved Albany.
He was the president of Kiwanis and winner of Albany's Distinguished Service Award. He, along with Jeannette, was a founding member of the Albany Tennis Club. He was also past president of the Club. After having grown up in downtown Albany, Dick was a passionate supporter of downtown businesses and the people who ran them. Whether it was Cleo’s, Long’s Shoe Store, or Bickman’s in the early days or, more currently, Loafers, Vault 244, Sweet Red, The Depot, Sybaris, The Natty Dresser and The Pix… he loved them all.
He and Jeannette were among the earliest supporters of the Carousel project. They were each volunteer carvers but their most proud moment came with the completion of the animal they sponsored and named, Quigga the Quagga.
Dr. Dick was also a supporter of his professional associations. He was the past president of the WSU veterinary alumni association. He was the past president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association as well as Oregon’s representative to the American Veterinary Medical Association. He served on the board of directors for the Oregon Animal Health Foundation and was appointed by the governor to be on the Oregon Racing Commission (one of two governor-appointed honors in his life, also serving on the State of Oregon Parole Board).
Dick taught his kids about loyalty, whether to the family, friends, the community, church, or your school. To him, his kids could do no wrong and his grandkids were on the level of Tom Brady, Mark Twain, or Madame Curie… at least. He was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, Episcopalian, and Washington State Cougar vowing to the end that there are still 2 seconds on the clock in the 1998 Rose Bowl.
Richard was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Nell, his father, his loving wife of 64 years, Jeannette, and two brothers, Bob and Roger. He leaves behind children Reiley (Mary), Nell, and Tim (Allison), eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren with two on the way.
A celebration of life is being planned for late summer or early fall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Historic Carousel.
Published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times on April 16, 2020.
Linda Robinette ('70 DVM) - April 18, 2020
Linda Ruth Robinette, D.V.M., 74, long time owner of the Alpine Animal Hospital, Pullman, WA., passed away April 18, 2020 following a lengthy struggle with cancer. No public funeral service will be held at this time. A Memorial Service is planned once the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.
Walter Krebs ('44 DVM) - February 26, 2020
Dr. Walter Krebs, 99, of Grants Pass, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2020, weeks short of his 100th birthday.
Dr. Krebs was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated Queen Anne High School in 1939, attended the University of Washington (1939-1940), and Washington State University (1940-1944), graduating in January 1944 with two degrees, Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He was a private in the U.S. Army Specialized Training Corps for two years at WSU during WWII.
In August 1944, he married Geraldine McNeal in Wenatchee, Washington. They were married more than 75 years. They settled in Grants Pass, built the Redwood Veterinary Hospital, and operated the hospital from January 8, 1948, until Dr. Krebs retired in October 1989.
Dr. Krebs was called back into the Army for two years during the Korean War, 1952-1954.
Dr. Krebs was a member of the Josephine Fair board for 12 years and the Josephine County Board of Health. He was President of the Oregon Veterinarian Medical Association 1973. He was President of the Grants Pass Lions Club (1996-1997) and a 50 year member. He was president of the Grants Pass Nordic Club (skiing and outdoor trips). He was a member of the St. Anne Catholic Church Bible Study Group.
He had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, rafting, RVing, and flying small airplanes. He traveled to Nepal, Africa, Russia, Tahiti, Kauai, Antarctica, Peru, New Zealand, British Columbia, Alaska, and many European countries.
Survivors include his wife, Jerry Krebs; children, Dr. Karen Ireland (Jeff), Kristine Gill (Dwight), and Dr. Karl Krebs (Judy); two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three older brothers. Dr. Krebs died weeks short of his 100th birthday.
Contributions in his memory can be made to St. Anne Catholic School, Wildlife Image, Grants Pass Lions Club or the organization of your choice.
Dakota "Doc" James Woodard ('15 DVM) - January 17, 2020
Dakota James “Doc” Woodard, a resident of Dorris, California, a veterinarian and lover of animals and life, unexpectedly went to be with his Savior on January 17, 2020 while doing what he loved on his ranch. He was 31 years old.
Doc was born to Scott and Cathy (Fuhrman) Woodard in Alamogordo, New Mexico on February 1, 1988. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. Doc went on to found Broken W Cattle and Quarter Horses, and owned his veterinary practice with his wife, traveling to provide the best care for animals and their families. He will be remembered by all for his life-giving humor, his compassionate heart, his wit, and his unapologetic approach to living life to its fullest.
Doc is survived by his parents, his wife Kelsey (Ericson) Woodard, whom he married on September 14, 2019, his sister Joscyln (Jonathan) Patrick, grandmother Penny Woodard, and his niece and nephews Addisyn and Truxton Patrick who miss their “Dodo,” in addition to many other relatives who adored him. He is preceded by maternal and paternal great grandparents, maternal grandparents James and Mary Fuhrman, and paternal grandfather Ronald Woodard, and aunt Brenda Peeler.
Dakota’s life will be celebrated by all who loved him with two services. The first is February 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Dorris Community Center. The second service will be in Ruidoso, New Mexico at Angus Church of the Nazarene on February 29, 2020 at noon. A scholarship is being set up in his honor at the Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine as well as for the LaPine Rodeo. You will be missed, cowboy- but we are thankful that by His grace we have the hope that we will see you again, soon.
James C. Moore ('71 DVM) - March 5, 2019
Jim Moore passed away on March 5, 2019 at his home in Kingston, Washington. Jim was born on February 12, 1947 in Spokane, Washington and was the youngest of three siblings, Torge Lorentzen, Monte Moore, and Karen Bjorklund. While attending North Central High School in Spokane, he met his wife of 52 years, Sharon Moore. After he obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1971, Jim and Sharon moved to Seattle where Jim began his career working at two veterinary hospitals.
In 1972, Jim and Sharon moved to Kingston, where they purchased their first and only home. Shortly thereafter, they purchased the building that would become Apple Tree Cove Animal Hospital. Jim then designed and constructed the current Apple Tree Cove Animal Hospital building down the street from his original practice. He touched many lives through his practice at Apple Tree Cove, where he mentored numerous veterinarians and served the people and pets in the community with skill and compassion. Reluctant to retire from the profession he so loved after selling the business in 2007, Jim continued to practice at Apple Tree Cove and several Kitsap County veterinary hospitals.
Throughout his life, Jim was tireless in his dedication to serving the community. He served as a board member for the Kitsap Humane Society from 2004 to 2012 and served as a volunteer there through 2018, performing spay/neuter surgeries and consulting with the shelter medicine team as a teacher, mentor, and advisor. Jim was also an active member of the Poulsbo Rotary Club for over 30 years, where he served as counselor for the exchange student program, mentoring high school students from around the world and hosting them in his home. Jim further served as a Commissioner and volunteer at the Village Green Metropolitan Park District in Kingston from his election in 2010 until this year, where he was instrumental in establishing the Park District and ensuring its success.
Jim was a bonsai tree enthusiast and spent his free time tending to his many trees. He was also an avid photographer, excelling at both spectacular landscape photography and playful photos of his beloved dog, Zoe, as well as the pets of his many friends and loved ones.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sharon, his daughter, Natalie, and his siblings Torge Lorentzen and Monte Moore of Spokane, Washington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to either the Kitsap Humane Society or the Village Green Foundation.
Published in Kitsap Sun on Mar. 24, 2019
Michael D. Doherty ('77 DVM) - June 29, 2019
Michael Dale Doherty, DVM, 68, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the University of Washington Medical Center after a short battle with cancer.
Mike leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Laura (Fiorino) Doherty; two daughters, Amelia (Matt) DuBois, Madeline (Ashley) Bach; and two one-year-old grandsons, Elliott and Henry. He also was a step grandpa to Alex Paluszewski.
Mike graduated from high school at Charles Wright Academy in Lakewood, Washington, and received his Veterinary Degree from Washington State University. He owned Lacey Animal Clinic in Lacey, Washington from 1983 until his retirement in 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Dale and Marion Doherty from Lakewood, Washington. He leaves behind his sister, Diane (John) Rorabaugh, and many nieces and nephews. Mike loved golf, animals, travel and getting into mischief with his grandsons. He belonged to Olympia Country and Golf Club, as well as Avondale Golf Club in Palm Desert, California.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2019, 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Olympia Country and Golf Club. A Tribute will take place 3:00-4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fred Hutchison Cancer Research or your local Humane Society. Please leave memories at www.FuneralAlternatives.org.
Published in The Olympian on Jul. 14, 2019.
Patrick R. Gavin ('71 DVM) - June 26, 2019
Patrick R. Gavin, 72, passed away after battling prostatic cancer on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at his home in Sagle, Idaho.
Pat was born on February 14, 1947 in Laramie, WY to Charles and Shirley Gavin. He graduated high school in LaGrande, OR and attended Oregon State University for two years and then Washington State University where he graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He then spent three years in the Army as a Captain in the Veterinary Corps.
Pat married Kathy Kortekass on December 23, 1978 in Ontario, CA. They made their home in Ft. Collins, CO and Pat practiced as a veterinarian. He then attended Colorado State University where he received his PhD in Radiation Biology and completed residencies in radiology and radiation oncology.
Pat was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 1980 and he was a Charter Diplomate of the Radiation Oncology subspecialty. He taught at Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine for 29 years and served as Department Chair of Veterinary Clinical Sciences for 8 years.
After retirement he was active in telemedicine reading MRI studies of animals from around the world. He authored over 200 papers and wrote the original textbook, Practical Small Animal MRI.
He enjoyed boating, skiing, fishing, cooking, traveling, and especially his dogs “Sophie” and “Nikki.”
Pat is survived by his wife Kathy Gavin of Sagle; son Sean (Kristina) Gavin of Sandpoint; daughter Amoreena Corsa (Joseph Garcia) of San Francisco; and brother Michael (Jeanette) Gavin of Long Beach.
He was preceded in death by his parents Chuck and Shirley, and a brother Timothy Gavin.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Gavin residence on Saturday, August 31, 2019.
Donations may be made to Cancer Care Services, 1205 Hwy 2, Ste 101B , Sandpoint, ID 83864.
Donald L. Brust ('64 DVM) - January 30, 2019Dr. Donald L. Brust passed away at his home after a very long battle with cancer. He was born in Minnesota and raised on a cattle ranch in Grangeville, Idaho. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ina; a son "Chip", in Oceanside; a daughter Kathryn, in Salt Lake City, Utah; three grandchildren, Jay, Grant and Taylor Brust of Oceanside. Dr. Brust was former owner of the Oceanside Veterinary Hospital where he practiced large and small animal medicine for 38 years. He retired due to illness and began raising avocados in Bonsall and Fallbrook. He took an active role in his community. He served two terms on the Bonsall School Board. He was active in the local 4-H clubs, helped establish the Soccer Club of Oceanside, was a certified track and field official having officiated in many county and state track meets as a timer. As such, he was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to serve as a timer at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the Olympic National Trials in New Orleans, LA. He was a 50+ year member of Rotary International having served as president of Carlsbad Rotary and a charter member of Bonsall Rotary where he also served as president. In 2018 he received commendation from California Veterinary Medical Association for Outstanding Community and Professional Service Award for 2018.He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know him. A Celebration of Life will be held March 2, 2019 from 3-6 p.m. at the VFW hall at 1175 Old Stage Rd., Fallbrook, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following would be appreciated: Elizabeth Hospice, 500 La Terraza Blvd. #130, Escondido, CA; Rotary Foundation,14280 Collections Dr., Chicago, IL 60693; Wounded Warrior Foundation.
Karla J. Mooers ('86 DVM) - February 12, 2019Karla Jean Mooers of Maple Valley, WA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Karla was born in Tacoma, WA on September 10, 1959.
She is preceded in death by her father Austin, and is survived by her mother, Beverly, her brothers David (Tami) and Steven (Barbara) and her nieces (Kelsey and McKenna), her nephew (Nicolas) and her grand niece (Ava) and numerous close friends. She is affectionately known as Kar Kar to those closest to her.
Karla graduated in 1986 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. After working as an associate for 13 years, she achieved her dream of opening the Animal Hospital of Maple Valley. The clinic is a place where all the furry friends were welcome and we often referred to it as the “island of misfit animals”!
An avid sports fan, Karla enjoyed supporting the Cougars and Seahawks but her one true love was the Seattle Mariners! She was always generous in taking someone “out to the ballgame!”
Karla's second love was travelling, especially cruising the world with her family and close friends. In fact, Karla had taken over 34 cruises in her lifetime (243 days at sea!) and travelled to almost all corners of the globe!
Karla was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May of 2010 and after having surgery her family and larger clinic family rallied around her and formed the team “Kar Kars Crusaders” for the Summerrun at the Rivkin Center at Swedish Hospital.
Karla’s family, would like to give special thanks to Dr. Rivkin and Dr Kaplan as well as the numerous nurses and support staff at Swedish Hospital that gave such loving and attentive care to Karla over the years. We would also like to give a special shout out to Chris Thrash who tirelessly and lovingly cared for Karla.
Karla will be missed dearly by all those who loved her, especially her furry friends!
Happy trails Kar Kar!!
Michael Everett Pfarr ('78 DVM) - May 2, 2019Dr. Michael E. Pfarr, DVM, 73 of Spokane passed away on Thursday May 2, 2019. "Dr. Mike" was born to Philip and Barbara Pfarr on June 21st. 1945. Mike graduated from Shadle Park High School in Spokane, Class of 1964. Mike married Barbara (Bunny) Salvesen in Dec. 1963. They had three children together, Wendy Ann, Laurie Jean and Richard Michael. Mike went on from high school to attend EWU. Prior to finishing his schooling at EWU Mike and his family had a three-and-a-half-year period living in Tacoma WA. while he was working for Norden Labs. Upon finishing his education at EWU Mike was accepted to, and attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at WSU. where he achieved his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In 1978 immediately upon graduation from WSU, Mike and his family moved back to Spokane from Pullman and began to practice in his father's Clinic, "The Animal Clinic of Spokane." Mike eventually took over his father's practice in 1980. Dr. Mike would continue to practice Veterinary medicine until his retirement in the fall of 2011. After his first marriage ended Mike came to marry Patricia (Patti) Dale in June of 1986 and adopted her two children, Jennifer and Jason, as his own. Dr. Mike loved animals; this love permeated his practice as a Veterinarian. His love for animals seemed to flow seamlessly from his hands into the animals that were in his care, as well as into the hearts of those whose animals he cared for. It was not unusual that an animal in his care during veterinary school would find their way into his home or that countless other dogs and cats after he began to practice would endlessly be at his side, in his vehicle or even, at times, in his pool. Mike never seemed to be without a four-legged companion. Mike enjoyed the outdoors, fly fishing, duck hunting, wood cutting, tending to his garden and property and even plowing snow. Mike spent some of his time as boy and young man in the Okanogan area of Washington working on ranches where his father grew up. Throughout his life Mike got the most enjoyment out of being at Priest Lake Idaho where his parents had a cabin, as well as, the couple of weeks most winters he spent in Hawaii. Mike Pfarr has had a profound influence on all those that he has touched throughout his life's journey through his love for his family, his kindness and generosity towards his friends, his ease and professional temperament with his staff and clients. Those moments in life with Mike will always be cherished by all who knew him. Dr. Mike will be truly missed by the countless people whose animals he healed and hearts he mended but most of all, Mike will be forever loved in the hearts of those who called him Husband, Dad, or Papa. Mike was preceded in death by his brother, Jeffery Philip Pfarr, and daughter Wendy Ann Kindred. Mike is survived by his wife Patricia, sister Mary Meg (Gary) Vanantwerp. Daughters, Laurie Pfarr and Jennifer (Jim) McDonald, sons Richard (Kristie) Pfarr and Jason (Leasa) Pfarr and 11 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to ARC of Spokane. A memorial service with reception immediately following will be held to celebrate his life on Monday June 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM. at St. Thomas More Parish Located at 515 W. St. Thomas More Way, Spokane WA. 99208.
Published in Spokesman-Review on May 26, 2019
John James Curtis ('67 DVM) - March 21, 2019
Preceded in death by Jesus of Nazareth and Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch, Dr. Jim “Kicker” Curtis died suddenly of a heart attack on Thursday, 21 March 2019. Some know him as Jim, while others shout out Kicker, Doc, Dad(dy), Grandpa, Poppa Doc and, among a select few, dirty rotten S.O.B.
Born John James Curtis on 7 February 1943 to John Lorenzo and Grace Caroline Pearce Curtis in Great Falls, Montana, Jim spent his early days kicking every which way and, thus, earned his lifelong moniker, Kicker, granted by his older, adoring sister Barbara Ann. Much to his entire Griz family’s disappointment, Kicker became a Bobcat (Montana State University) and, causing his Husky daughter further disappointment, completed his degree in veterinary medicine at Wazzu (Washington State University) in 1967. Post-degree, Kicker was gallantly drafted into the Army as Captain Curtis, and enjoyed the barrack amenities at several stateside stops before launching on his international adventure to South Korea (8thArmy-Korea), where he served as veterinarian to the sentry dog units and met the greatest love of his life, military brat Gaelen Elizabeth Schell. Kicker easily lured Gaelen to the wide open spaces of central and, later, eastern Montana. The hope-filled couple married in 1970 and moved to Malta to establish the Phillips County Veterinary Clinic and his title as “Doc,” and also to wrangle cattle, sheep, horses, haying equipment, each other and three children, Rieder William Curtis, David Lorenzo Curtis, and Katherine Jean Curtis.
At his heart, Kicker was a renaissance cowboy, captivated by history, art, genealogy, geology, anthropology, sociology, theology, music, poetry and the stars while maintaining expertise in biology and animal science, and proficiency in mending harness. Consequently, he could, and did, talk with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Of further consequence, Kicker made lifelong and dear friends at each twist and turn on his journey. Kicker devoted himself to many community organizations and events. While much of the early years were focused on the Stockman Bar and the Milk River Wagon Train, the balance eventually tipped in favor of the Montana Veterinary Association (Past President), Freemasons (Past Worshipful Master), York Rite, Algeria Shrine (Past Potentate), Order of the Eastern Star (Past Worthy Patron), Malta Lutheran Church, his recovery (1989), and his family.
Kicker is survived by his wise sister Barbara, his courageous wife Gaelen, his competent to semi-competent children Rieder, David, and Katherine “Katie,” his Landusky-loving grandchildren Sydian and Rowan (Rieder and Karen), Daphne (David and Penelope), Jonah, Lee, Vida, Daniyah and Deayjah (Katherine and Aaron), and his long-loved nieces and nephews Jean, Karen, Keith, and Stephen (Barbara and Larry). What also lives on from our Kicker, our Doc, our Dad, our friend, and our partner: his love and compassion, his jokes and wit, his work and wrecks, and the genuine joy and hope that gleamed from his beautiful brown eyes. A river of tears wider than the Missouri follows his unexpected death, and is borne of the boundless love for you and me that he held in his heart.
Masonic rites, the retiring of his Shrine Fez, and your memories will be shared at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 28 March at Kirkwood Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, 29 March at the Malta Lutheran Church with luncheon served. Burial rites will follow on the Curtis family property in Landusky. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please send your jewels and cash dollars in memory of Algeria Shrine Past Potentate John James Curtis to the Shriners Hospitals for Children by mail at Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607, or online at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org.
Although we do not have a last request from Doc, or Jim, or Kicker, or whatever name you might know him by, we believe he would enjoy one everlasting guffaw: So, in his honor, please attempt to eat a banana. Because once you peel the banana and throw out the bone, well, the joke is on you and his love is in your laugh.
Caroline Wells Donaldson ('97 DVM) - May 1, 2019
Caroline Wells Donaldson passed away at Carle Foundation Hospital on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, after a four-year struggle with ovarian cancer.
Caroline was born June 18, 1964, the third child of Malcolm M. Donaldson and Deborah J. Donaldson.
Caroline is survived by her three children, Fiona I. A. Coleman, Quentin A. Coleman and Forrester W. Coleman. The children have the support of their father, David A. Coleman, to help them through this difficult time. Also in mourning are Caroline’s siblings, Hamilton M. Donaldson, Adele D. Donaldson and Thomas C. Donaldson, and their respective families; and a multitude of friends, near and far, accumulated over the course of an all-too-brief but well-lived life.
Caroline earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., in 1997. She and her family took up residence in Champaign-Urbana in 2000. Caroline worked as a board-certified veterinary toxicologist at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
A restless spirit from a family of restless spirits, Caroline lived in a number of places in her life before settling in Illinois. As a child, she spent many days skiing with her family and developed a lifelong love for riding horses. Everyone who knew Caroline basked in the light of a woman possessed of an iron will, sharp mind, strong opinions and a fiercely independent character; they were the qualities that the people close to her most admired. Without the light of Caroline’s character, the world is a little bit darker for those who knew and loved her, less brilliant, less dazzling. Caroline was loved, and she will be missed.
Caroline’s family would like to thank the wonderful medical professionals at Carle for all the skill and compassion they brought to bear in helping Caroline fight the good fight and the care they showed helping ease her to that which is beyond.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Caroline’s family would ask that people contribute to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, so that they can continue to do the good work to which Caroline dedicated herself to doing.
Condolences may be offered at owensfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The News-Gazette (Champaign, IL) on May 19, 2019.